Social and Emotional Wellness Resources


If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:

  • Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • Find emotional health resources near you by clicking here


 

In these challenging times, it's important to be mindful of your own mental and emotional health and the mental and emotional wellness of your family. Take time each day to do things that bring you joy or help you relax: take a walk (while maintaining physical distancing guidelines), play a game with your family, cook a healthy meal together, or watch a favorite movie. Here are some tips to take care of yourself during this difficult time:

  • Limit your time on social media/news outlets – constant immersion in stressful information (and sometimes misinformation!) can cause negative emotional impact.
  • Obtain updates and news from reliable sources, such as your state, county and city government and public health departments, the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Social distancing practices are important, but so are human relationships. In-person contact should be limited, but not use of technology! Stay in touch with friends and family with phone calls, FaceTime or other video chat services.
  • Maintain your normal sleep/wake cycles and create a daily routine if you are experiencing schedule changes due to school closures, work closures/reduction in hours. Keeping a consistent routine will help reduce anxiety and offer healthy means of distraction.
  • Take care of your body by eating healthy foods, getting enough rest and drinking plenty of fluids.


Children and Stress

It's important to understand that children may also be experiencing anxiety. Here are some resources for parents about how to talk with your kids about stay-at-home policies, school closures, social distancing and news they may be hearing about COVID-19.

For Younger Children

  • Zero to Three created a list of resources and tips for families with young children.
  • PBS has a list of videos from Sesame Street, Curious George and other shows that talk about hand washing and staying healthy.
  • NPR created a comic to explain coronavirus to kids, along with concepts like hand washing, sneezing into your elbow and avoiding touching your face.

For Older Children and Teens

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics released recommendations regarding supporting teens through COVID-19.
  • The Anxiety and Depression Association of America wrote an article about how to talk to your anxious child or teenager about coronavirus.
  • The New York Times wrote an article about five ways to help teens manage anxiety about coronavirus.
  • UNICEF wrote an article directed at teens with strategies for how they can protect their mental health.

For Parents and Caregivers

Other Resources for Families


Support from Employers

Please contact your employer to obtain information about Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services available. These resources can help support your emotional well-being with helpful tips for coping with stress during an infectious disease outbreak as well as other resources to help with work-life balance and managing personal challenges or emotional needs.

If you do not have access to EAP services, or your child needs support, you may also access local and national behavioral health resources. Contact your health insurance provider to request a list of in-network behavioral health providers.


State and County Behavioral Health Resources

There are many state and county resources you can reach out to for support, whether you feel overwhelmed and are worried you or someone you know is a danger to themselves or others, are thinking about coping with stress and anxiety in unhealthy ways, or are worried about your safety at home during isolation. The State of California has prepared a comprehensive webpage full of resources for Californians seeing support during this difficult time.

You can also find county-by-county mental and behavioral health resources and hotlines below.

Fresno County Behavioral Health Services

559-600-8918          Fresno County Children's Mental Health

800-654-3937          Fresno County Access Line (Adult, Children's, Crisis)

559-600-9276          Fresno County Warm Line

559-224-2469          NAMI Fresno County - www.namifresno.org

Kern County Behavioral Health Services

661-868-8080          Kern County Adult Services Access Line

661-868-7814          Kern County Children's Services Services Access Line

661-858-3255          NAMI Kern County - www.namikerncounty.org

Kings County Behavioral Health Services

877-306-2413          Kings County Access Line

Madera County Behavioral Health Services

559-673-3508          Madera Access Line

559-673-3508          Madera County Behavioral Health Services

Mariposa County Behavioral Health Services

1-800-549-6741          Mariposa Access Line

209-789-6264          NAMI Merced/Mariposa Counties - www.namimerced.org

Merced County Behavioral Health Services

1-800-334-0163          Merced Access Line

209-789-6264          NAMI Merced/Mariposa Counties - www.namimerced.org

San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services

1-888-468-9370          San Joaquin Access Line

209-468-8700          San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services

209-468-3755          NAMI San Joaquin County - www.namisanjoaquin.org

San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Services

1-800-838-1381          SLO Access Line

800-838-1381          San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health

805-783-0607          NAMI San Luis Obispo County - www.namislo.org

Santa Barbara County Behavioral Health Services

1-888-868-1649          Santa Barbara County Access Line

805-884-8440          NAMI Southern Santa Barbara - www.namisantabarbara.org

Stanislaus County Behavioral Health Services

1-888-376-6246          Stanislaus County Access Line

209-558-4555          NAMI Stanislaus County - www.namistanislaus.org

Tulare County Behavioral Health Services

1-877-306-2413          Tulare County Access Line

559-732-6264          NAMI Tulare County

Tuolomne County Behavioral Health Services

209-533-6245          Tuolomne County Access Line

209-586-9351          NAMI Tuolomne County


Other Fresno Area Crisis Assistance Resources

  • Marjaree Mason Center
    • If you are a victim of domestic violence and need assistance, services remain available 24/7 by calling the hotline number (559-233-4357). Visit their website.
  • MAP (Multi-Agency Access Program) at the Poverello House
    • Extended hours and expanded phone availability to assess for service needs and referrals. Contact them by calling 559-512-6777 or visit their website.
  • Granville-Teague Community Resource Center
    • Centro La Familia continues to provide linkage to services (including Victim Services, Health & Wellness, and DACA/Immigration Services) while community center remains closed for events and gatherings. Contact them by calling 559-578-8991 or visit their website.